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How Far, the Stars? Quasars Solve 'Seven Sisters' Star Cluster Mystery
Image of Pleiades Star Cluster
August 28th, 2014
A new measurement, which used quasars as bright and consistent relative-distance markers, charted the famous "Seven Sisters" star cluster at 136.2 parsecs, or 444 light-years, away from Earth.
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It's Confirmed! Black Holes Do Come in Medium Sizes
Medium-Size Black Hole M82 X-1
August 18th, 2014
The existence of medium-size black holes has been a matter of debate. But researchers say they have now confirmed such an object in the nearby galaxy M82 — a black hole about as massive as 400 suns.
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These Bizarre Deep-Space Radio Blasts Have Astronomers Baffled
Fast Radio Burst FRB 121102
August 5th, 2014
Only a handful of these rapid, millisecond-duration events, known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs), had been detected previously, all of them by a single instrument — the Parkes Observatory in Australia.
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When Black Holes Cross Paths
Black holes theory and Loop Quantum Gravity
August 25th, 2014
What happens when two black holes pass in the night?
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How Did Supermassive Black Holes Get So Big So Fast?
 NASA's Fermi Makes First Gamma-ray Study of a Gravitational Lens 2
August 7th, 2014
Black holes may have grown incredibly rapidly in the newborn universe, perhaps helping explain why they appear so early in cosmic history. Early black hole may have sucked matter in from all around, rather than just from an accretion disk.
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Just One Type of Blazar? How Jet-Spewing Galaxies Evolve Over Time
Artist's Conception of a Blazar
June 17th, 2014
The two different classes of jet-spewing active galaxies called blazars may, in fact, be a single hybrid type that evolves over time, according to new research.
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Supermassive Death: 3 Stars Eaten by Black Holes
Supermassive black hole jet conception
August 19th, 2014
Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction.
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This Trailer for Stephen Hawking Biopic 'Theory of Everything' Will Make You Cry
Still from 'The Theory of Everything'
August 6th, 2014
The full-length trailer for the Hawking biopic, which is called "The Theory of Everything," came out today (Aug. 6). The 2.5-minute trailer shows that the film will focus heavily on the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane.
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Europe Targets Black Holes with Next Big Space Mission
Artist's Impression of an Active Galaxy
July 7th, 2014
The European Space Agency has selected the Athena X-ray observatory as its second "large-class" science mission. Athena — which will cost about 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion at current exchange rates) — is scheduled to blast off in 2028.
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